Articles From : bjgreen

  • The Second Flying A Movie Studio

    The Flying A studio had arrived here in July 1912, and by the end of that year, they purchased some land on the first block of Mission Street, west of State Street.

  • The First Flying A Studio

    The first "Flying A" movie studio in Santa Barbara was at the corner of State and Islay Streets, but it's long gone.

  • Movies Way Back When: The Hidden Flying A Building

    Many SB folks know about the “Flying A” building on the corner of Mission and Chapala, but this is something else. 

  • Movies Way Back When: The Tiger's Trail

    On April 20, 1919, the adventure serial “The Tiger’s Trail” was released. Some episodes were filmed on Santa Cruz Island.

  • Movies Way Back When: Flying A Expanding Up and Out

    Santa Barbara’s very own movie company was featured in a 1915 magazine titled "In Motion Picture Land," which called it one of the most attractive studios in California.

  • Movies Way Back When: The Dumb Girl of Portici

    In 1916 a film titled "The Dumb Girl of Portici" filmed some scenes at an estate in Montecito.

  • Movies Way Back When: A Hometown Movie Star

    Some Santa Barbara folks appeared in silent movies produced by the “Flying A” film studio, but here’s a hometown actress who appeared in some 200 films.

  • Movies Way Back When: Cars and stars at the Flying A

    Even movie stars over 100 years ago drove a spiffy set of wheels.

  • Movies Way Back When: Special Effects on the Cheap

    One hundred years ago, movie studios had neither budget nor equipment for special effects, so they leapt into action to film disasters such as shipwrecks and use them in a film.

  • Movies Way Back When: Touring the Piranhurst Estate

    In the 1900's there were a couple of walking and hiking groups in Santa Barbara.

  • Movies Way Back When: A Pelican in the Spotlight

    Captain Sebastian Larco, the man who was called the father of Santa Barbara’s fishing industry, had a couple of pet pelicans.

  • Movies Way Back When: Walk Like Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin first appeared on movie screens in Santa Barbara back in 1914, and by March of 1916, his famous duck-footed walk was seen both on the screen and on the dance floors in Santa Barbara!

  • Movies Way Back When: Chewing the Scenery in 1916

    This expression generally refers to an actor behaving melodramatically, but in this case, the scenery was actually chewed — by a goat!

  • Movies Way Back When: The First Movie Made in SB

    Lots of movies have been filmed in and around Santa Barbara. But did you ever wonder what was the first movie ever filmed in Santa Barbara?

  • Movies Way Back When: Edward Wales

    In 1918, Edward Wales, a one-time actor at the “Flying A,” was now a volunteer in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I. 

  • Movies Way Back When: Using Local Disasters as Scenery

    Back when movie makers did not have the budgets to stage their own natural disasters, they took advantage of real-life disaster scenes, such as the devastating fire in Ojai, California in 1917.

  • Movies Way Back When: A Bad Influence?

    The silent movies with their one-sentence subtitles (intertitles) were having a bad in­fluence on written communication, ac­cording to an opinion piece in the local paper penned by Santa Barbara writer Sarah Redington in January 1917.

  • Movies Way Back When: Explosive Peanuts

    In January 1916, the Santa Barbara Post Office building (now the Santa Barbara Museum of Art) was used for a scene in “Peanuts and Powder."

  • Movies Way Back When: Goodwill Dance

    In January of 1916, the Flying A Studio hosted their first goodwill dance for the community of Santa Barbara.

  • Mushroom ID

    An edhat reader is looking for help identifying a bunch of mushrooms found in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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